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5 real estate tastemakers ruling the East Coast

 
The Residences at Miami Beach.

The Residences at Miami Beach.

 

 

Their contacts are enviable, their influence deep. Whole careers have been made by their patronage — tall towers risen under their watchful eyes. These five tastemakers form the big leagues of New York and Miami’s real estate and architecture arenas. Here, we reveal their personal paths to success and style.

 
 

Big seller: In the past 11 years, this Miami native sold over $1 billion in real estate. Last year, LeDon moved to Douglas Elliman, where he’s the president of development marketing in Florida and a senior managing partner in New York.

Midtown master: In 2004, LeDon looked at Wynwood and saw potential. “As a risk taker, selling Midtown Miami, situated on a 56-acre railyard in economically blighted Wynwood, stands out professionally as the most career-defining,” he says.

Favorite child: Faena House and Edition in Miami, with marquee names like Ian Schrager and John Pawson attached, are taking up most of LeDon’s time, but Park Grove, in Coconut Grove, gives him the most pride. “It’ll be as socially and culturally defining as the other two when it’s completed, establishing Coconut Grove on par with the world’s best neighborhoods.” The design is by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA studio. Also on his roster: A reimagining of the Shore Club to launch this fall.

Mother knows best: As the only child to a single working mother, LeDon’s mom instilled a work ethic. “She’s probably why I’m still single!”